COST:  390 CAD / 310 US / 263 e / 7,028,383 DONG

POLYPHONY:  8 voice


RATING:  nearly perfect



I stumbled across the Micromonsta shortly after its release, while looking unsuccessfully for its predecessor, the P6. At the time I was building a portable live rig, that I would complete but never use, for a set that I would never write.



I was specifically looking for a small desktop synth for pads and background filler. It would need decent polyphony, good sound, and a robust midi implementation to allow control via the Octatrack. The Micromonsta seemed to meet the criteria, and it arrived from France quicker than expected.

The arpeggiator, accents, musical

The 3rd envelope on the Osc2 page, combined with wavetables, allowing the creation of quick transients reminding me of one of my first synths, the Ensoniq SQ80


The above video is a run through of the various oscillator types on the Micromonsta. The analog-modeled triangle, saw, square and sine are as big and warm as you want for a polysynth (big, beefy oscilators can get muddy in a hurry on a poly). I can't recommend enough setting Osc2 to sine and using the envelope to add a quick decay to the shape parameter for some FM pluck.

Really though it's the digital oscillator types that make this synth unique. They sound amazing and give so much versatility. Try mixing a couple of digital waves with a nice deep square sub oscillator.  

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